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ISSUE 228: Our Latest Kubernetes eBook Has Been Released

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“In a scale-out world, proprietary instrumentation will be viewed as seaweed on the anchor of digital transformation.”

Torsten Volk, Enterprise Management Associates
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Deployments with >5 Clusters Continue to Rise

Kubernetes Data Insights. A lot has changed since we published the original "The State of the Kubernetes Ecosystem" ebook in 2017. The completely updated second edition uses CNCF survey data to uncover new insights about the journey from experimentation to significant Kubernetes deployments — although the scale of container usage has increased, and so have the size of deployments. While the percentage of Kubernetes users with more than five clusters rose from 34% in 2017 to 39% in 2019, organizations with five or fewer Kubernetes clusters are having trouble adapting. Big companies continue to have the bigger Kubernetes deployments. Smaller companies and their smaller deployments will continue to face a unique set of challenges. Download the ebook to learn about how these challenges are impacting the adoption of cloud native storage, service mesh and other technologies.

What's Happening

Online storage management company Box was one of the first companies to build on Kubernetes. Initially creating its platform on PHP, Box’s architecture still uses some parts of the PHP architecture. Today, Box serves as a case study of a software platform’s cloud native journey. The company also continues to rely on its legacy infrastructure dating back to the days when PHP ran on Box’s bare metal servers in its data centers.

In this edition of The New Stack Analysts podcast, Kunal Parmar, director of engineering of Box, discusses the evolution of the cloud content management provider’s cloud native journey with hosts Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack; Cheryl Hung, vice president of ecosystem at Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF); and Ken Owens, vice president, cloud native engineering, Mastercard.

The Ups and Downs of Box’s Kubernetes Journey

Our Second Edition Kubernetes eBook Has Been Released

Three years ago, we released an ebook on Kubernetes. Since then the open source container orchestration engine has only grown in popularity. So we’ve completed revised the volume to accommodate what we have learned about the technology — and the community — since then. 

The goal of the 80-page ebook, “The State of the Kubernetes Ecosystem,” is to provide a foundation of knowledge about Kubernetes in 2020 and deliver an up-to-date overview of the extended Kubernetes ecosystem. The ebook explores how Kubernetes delivers the capabilities of web-scale computing, its adoption patterns and its role as a universal component of a company’s core infrastructure.

Assembling the book, we learned of many new aspects of Kubernetes that have surfaced since 2017. For instance, the ebook’s principal author, Janakiram MSV, argues that the Container as a Service (CaaS) model now defines the cloud-native stack. Also, how to handle data on Kubernetes is still largely a space yet to be defined; if Kubernetes is the undisputed control plane now, questions remain about the data plane. And while service mesh capabilities allow for better traffic management, security and observability, the learning curve is still fairly steep.

In the ebook, you’ll learn about:

  • Trends in Kubernetes deployments.
  • The DevOps benefits of Kubernetes.
  • Kubernetes architecture and key primitives.
  • Open source and commercial options for adopting Kubernetes.
  • All of the components of the modern cloud-native stack.

Download the book here, and, as always, let us know what you think. 

Google’s Management of Istio Raises Questions in the Cloud Native Community

This week we revisit the story of Google’s donation of the Istio trademark to the Open Usage Commons, a new company Google created to manage trademarks of open source projects. Mike Melanson takes a look at some of the reactions to this move — and to Google not donating Istio to the CNCF, or some other foundation. Some, like IBM and, have misgivings, while other companies, such as Aspen Mesh, are not seeing the move as an issue.

Alex Williams Op-Ed: Kubernetes May Be Google’s Last Great Open Project

Google brought us Kubernetes. But now we see a different side to the organization that made such a smart move when it turned over the open source project in 2015 and led the formation of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). Now we see a company that has changed its philosophy about open source, and is less inclined to donate its trademarks to an independent foundation, instead managing the marks themselves. It’s a business decision, but is it one that is also in the best interest to the cloud native computing community?

This Week in Programming: Clearing up any Confusion around Kubernetes Operators

Earlier this month, Red Hat’s Operator Framework, which consists of the Operator SDK and Operator Lifecycle Manager (OLM), became an incubating project in the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). This move has done enough to quell any fears that the Operators Framework is too closely tied in to the Red Hat OpenShift architecture for managing Kubernetes. Operators are a template for describing to Kubernetes how to set up a complex app. They are particularly popular for databases, for instance. Now Rancher Chief Technology Officer Darren Shepherd took to Twitter to express his particular disagreement, or “strong negative reaction” if you will, to Operator Framework’s dominance in discussions around operators. 

On The Road
AUG. 17-20 // VIRTUAL KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Virtual 2020

AUG. 17-20 // VIRTUAL

KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Virtual 2020

The DevOps movement faces a new age of automation with machine learning for platform operations. Increasing efficiencies will play a central role in the ongoing evolution of Kubernetes and cloud native technologies, further enabling edge and improved security, for example. It’s a timely discussion for KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Virtual where we will talk with technologists on these pertinent topics. Register now

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Pre-register to get the new second edition of the Kubernetes ebook!

A lot has changed since we published the original Kubernetes Ecosystem ebook in 2017. Kubernetes has become the de facto standard platform for container orchestration and market adoption is strong. We now see Kubernetes as the operating system for the cloud — evolving into a universal control plane for compute, networking and storage that spans public, private and hybrid clouds. In this ebook you’ll learn:

  • Kubernetes architecture.
  • Options for running Kubernetes across a host of environments.
  • Key open source projects in the Kubernetes ecosystem.
  • Adoption patterns of cloud native infrastructure and tools.
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